25th February 2013
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2013 Hamburg Motorcycle Show
Wolfgang Weckeck braved the cold to ride to the Hamburg Motorcycle Show, bringing us some pictures of classic motorcycles not often seen in the UK...
"Last year I went to the Bremen Motorcycle Show; this year I decided to have a change and go to the Hamburg Show instead. This is only 120 kilometres from my house in Midlum. In spite of the cold weather I had a nice ride there.
"The Hamburg Show is large - one of the biggest in northern Germany - with several large halls and an entrance fee of 14 euros. There was a large classic motorcycle section, as well as new motorcycle models on display, together with a large selection of clothing and accessories for sale.
"I have enclosed some photographs of the classic machines which you may like to look at."
Dresch was one of France's biggest motorcycle manufacturers, operating from 1920 to 1939 and producing up to 10,000 bikes a year. This 498cc inline twin model was first produced in 1930.
This FN is possibly a 1947 Model XVIII; the sidevalve engine indicates that it's 450cc. The unusual patented Swiss coil sprung girder front fork was replaced for the 1948 and later models. Note the UK tax disc...
We think this is a Jawa Model 15 500cc four stroke twin of about 1952. Could that engine have been the inspiration for Kawasaki's W650, perhaps?
Mars motorcycles (above) were manufactured in Nürnberg from 1903 to 1958, while Standard (below) was a German / Swiss marque. Early models had 250cc and 350cc JAP engines, while later versions used MAG engines from 350cc to 998cc. In 1930 Standard introduced 198cc and 248cc ohv singles of their own manufacture.
And finally, a 1955 Horex, to mark the manufacturer's return to production this year.
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